What the teachers and pupils say:
Lorraine Woollven – Head teacher Churchill Primary School:
“It has left a positive legacy! The project provided the opportunity for children to explore how music can support their wellbeing. It offered a really different approach and a new way of thinking about music. It was a delight to see how engaged they were…highly engaged… and for a couple of the most vulnerable children they expressed and explored emotion in the workshop, something that they had not done before in front of their class; children instantly were put at their ease.”
“Could fit in with ‘Jigsaw'” (their PSHE programme). “
There is a ‘calm me’ section at start of each session that could have regular music”.
Annie Ford – Class Teacher Yr 5
“Children talked about it afterwards and it had an impact. It did make me rethink music too…” “I felt it was not a token project, as some are and music can so easily slip off radar…”
The rhythms beforehand were good, it gave a sense of expectation and introduced you to the children (me!)…”
Pupils of Churchill Primary School
“I liked the advert, and the lightbulbs…the toolbox one: that we can change our emotions…”
“We’re listening to music after football now to help calm down”.
Sarah Joskey – Head teacher Wrington Primary School
“I wouldn’t want any child to leave primary school without [having experienced] it!”
Q. How could you see it fitting in with a whole PSHE Scheme of Work?
“I think it should work in a cross curricular way between PSHE and music. This way it can reach more people and the [mental] health benefits can be emphasised too. So it could be part of the ‘developing curriculum’ and also fit under the ‘Healthy Lives’ heading and so utilise the ‘sports premium’ funding as well as the ‘Healthy Schools’ part of the budget.”
Sarah Whitehouse, Class teacher Yr 5:
Q. Do you think year 5 children would like to be ‘musical medicine maker’s‘ and become experts in different kinds of music to listen to, and rhythms to play and then help others in their class and younger years – do you think this would be feasible?
A. “Yes. I think something portable like an Ipad with headphones, (and using playlists linked to different emotions for different occasions,) would be good as it could be used in any room. By doing the project in year 5 we could use their expertise throughout the next year, helping younger children”.
“I didn’t know that music can help your brain and that everyone’s brain responds to music”.
“Some people looked up songs online after”.
“I listen to some classical music more afterwards”.